Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Butterfly boom - back in the room!

Stop press!!!!  I have found my sewing mojo.  Turn's out it was just misplaced and not lost forever; phew.  Boom, I'm back in the (sewing) room!

Inspiration came from a birdy trip to Farlington Marshes on Monday where it was positively spring-like; sunshine, skylarks singing and my first butterfly of the year.  So I decided to make some butterfly bunting for a friend's new arrival. 
I love vintage paintings of flora and fauna, so I googled vintage butterfly paintings for some ideas of shapes and patterns...
Then raided my fabric stash for some pretty scraps.  Add a little machine embroidery, a bit of personalisation and ta-da!

Butterfly bunting for Rosalie!  
It feels good to have those creative juices flowing again - I now have about a zillion projects to finish (and a whole load to start too).  Although I do really need to get the sewing machine serviced or at the very least get a new bulb; I been sewing in the dark with a head torch for extra light for for several projects now, but only remember that the bulb is out once I actually get the machine out.  Is it too late to be blaming baby brain still?

I kept the butterfly theme for the packaging...

By the way, have you seen the new series of Great British Sewing Bee #GBSB?  Oooh, I love it, and am feeling the urge to get to grips with a bit more pattern cutting in the not too distant future - watch this space.

Kate x

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Missing in action - one sewing mojo...

It's been quite some time since I blogged, in fact until yesterday it has been quite some time since I went near my sewing machine.  It is fair to say I had well and truly lost my sewing mojo.  A bout of seriously unpleasant hand, foot and mouth, seasonal colds, PLH away, some unusually good TV (cue daydream about fit, swashbuckling musketeer....), the wet wet wet weather and then the Winter Olympics have conspired to keep me stitch free and entirely without motivation.  
Print from Etsy - click for link
I may not have been sewing, but I have been birding, and ticked off one of my resolutions at least.  The bird feeders went up, topped up with delicious seeds and nuts, and I took up permanent gazing out of the window to see which of our local feathered friends would pay a visit.  Robins, great tits, blue tits, coal tits, collar doves and the ubiquitous pigeon were the first of my visitors to satisfy their appetites.  They fed blissfully and uninterrupted for a few days, until the squirrels turned up and ravaged the remainder.  Scran for squirrels is not something I'm prepared to fork out for; they may be pretty darn cute with their nibbling ways and furry tails, but boy they can eat.  Bird food is not exactly cheap, so for now the feeders are hanging empty whilst I try to squirrel-proof them.  This may be a long war!
Squirrel print from Etsy - click for link
Other than that we have mostly been getting muddy...
Kate x